• The Slater Mill (yellow) and Wilkinson Mill (stone), along the Blacktone River in Pawtucket RI

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Our Staff & Offices

Corridor Commission office, the Woonsocket Depot

Corridor Commission office, the Woonsocket Depot.

In 1986, the Blackstone Valley was recognized as a special place and designated as a National Heritage Corridor by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 99-647). A 19-member Federal Commission, appointed by the Governors of each state and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, consists of representatives from the National Park Service, state and local governments, and valley-wide interests, and oversees the Corridor’s operations. For more on the Corridor Commission, please click here.

National Park Service professionals make up the Corridor staff, and include interpretive rangers, planners, managers, and administrative specialists that provide expertise in historic and natural resource preservation, interpretation, education, and recreation development to carry out work as directed by the Commission and outlined in the Ten Year Plan.

The Corridor Commission office is located at One Depot Square (the corner of Main Street and High Street), in Woonsocket, RI.

To see some of the current Corridor Commission projects, please visit Your Dollars at Work.


Jan Reitsma
Executive Director

Interpretation & Planning
Chuck Arning
Park Ranger & A/V Specialist

Ray Boswell
Park Ranger

Peter Coffin
Park Ranger

Barbara Dixon
Special Events Coordinator

Kevin Klyberg
Park Ranger

David St. Louis
IT Specialist

Cheryl Yuppa

Diane Angell
Budget Analyst

Cathryn Henderson
Cooperative Agreement Specialist

Roger Williams National Memorial Site
Jan Reitsma

Jennifer Smith
Site Manager

Diane Angell
Budget Analyst

Caitlin Brown
Visitor Services Assistant

Sparkle Bryant
Park Ranger

John Fox

Maria Levesque
Park Ranger

John McNiff
Park Ranger

Did You Know?

Child mill workers

Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.